Publication release: The International Civil Service – A Reference Compendium for UN Personnel

This event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations.

Event details

Date:6 November 2020
Time:10-11 am EST
Venue:Seminar online
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Since its inception, the international civil service has evolved to support a growing range of entities and activities. Today, it continues to adapt to internal and external forces, including global challenges which either did not exist or were not well understood when the UN was established.

The UN needs an international civil service that is both equipped to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and able to meet increasing demands for accountability. What are the primary challenges and opportunities currently facing the international civil service? How can UN personnel utilise policy frameworks in complex ethical dilemmas? What is the role of strategic human resources? How do UN policy frameworks define and enable norm-based leadership?

Read the publication here.


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10:00 Welcome and Member State opening remarks

  • Mr. Henrik Hammargren, Executive Director, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
  • H.E. Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie Amde, Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations

10:15 Presentation of the publication by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

10:25 Thematic reflections

  • Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Commemoration of the UN 75th Anniversary
  • Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP
  • Mr. Miguel Mourato Gordo, Director, Global Strategy and Policy Division, Office of Human Resources, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance
  • Ms. Elia Armstrong, Director of the United Nations Ethics Office
  • Mr. Larbi Djacta, Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission

10:45 Question and answer

10:55 Closing remarks